Yang Shan Shen (1913 - 2004) was born at Chiqi, Taishan in Guangdong Province. He was one of the masters of the Lingnan School. In addition to being greatly influenced by two masters of the Lingnan School, Gao Jianfu and Gao Qifeng, Yang was also inspired by Japanese ink painting. In 1936, Yang travelled to Japan and was enrolled into the Domoto Art Institute, Kyoto and studied with the well-known painter Domoto Insho.The present work reveals the influence of the Japanese artist Taheuchi Seiho (1864-1942) in his early years. Using a technique of plain line sketching and a well-planned composition, Yang created a hazy and harmonious atmosphere and poetic image of small birds nestling under the leaves of the intertwining branches of autumn primrose.
In 1970, he
was awarded an honorary degree from the Chinese Academic Research
Institute, Taiwan. In 1999, he was awarded "Fellowship for Achievement
in Visual Arts" by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In his late
years, Yang had donated a masterpiece "Pine and Moon" which was
collected by the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China. With his
superb accomplishment in and contribution to art, he was awarded a SBS
from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. On
May 15, 2004, Yang passed away at his home in Hong Kong.